Personnel includes: Hank Williams, Jr. (vocals, guitar); Jerry Wallace (acoustic guitar); Gary Boggs, Dicky Overby, Toy Caldwell (steel guitar); Charlie Daniels (fiddle); Chuck Leavell (organ); Ronnie Oldham (keyboards); Roger Clark (drums); Sue Richards, Ava Aldridge (background vocals).
Originally released on MGM (M3G-5009).
Personnel: Hank Williams, Jr. (vocals, guitar); Pete Carr (guitar); Jerry Wallace, Ken Bell (acoustic guitar); Gary Boggs, Toy Caldwell (steel guitar); Charlie Daniels (fiddle); Ronnie Oldham (piano, keyboards); Chuck Leavell (organ); Roger Clark (drums); Dick Glasser, Eddie Struzick, George Soul?, Jim Glaser, Lenny LeBlanc, Sue Richards, Ava Aldridge (background vocals).
This is where Hank Williams Jr. solidified the hard-hitting style he would become known for, perhaps inspired by the pioneering outlaw country records Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings had begun making a couple of years earlier. Charlie Daniels and the Marshall Tucker Band's Toy Caldwell help out here, and you can hear Williams's trademark mix of country and Southern rock taking shape on his cover of the Tucker Band's classic "Can't You See." And while he was no longer singing in his father's shadow, he continues to reference the late country icon on songs like "Living Proof," though the mode of expression is now undeniably the younger Williams's own. HANK WILLIAMS JR. & FRIENDS created the template that would be followed on a subsequent string of Williams's most enduring albums.
No Depression (11-12/00, pp.104-5) - "...A country music milestone....peppered with passion, insight, wonder and humor in all the right places..."